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Kenyan opposition leader to shun Presidential debate

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday announced he will not participate in the planned presidential debate, in July barely hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta decided to shun the American-styled debates ahead of the August 8 polls.In a statement, Odinga said that he will not participate in the debate under the current proposed format and stipulation.

However, the National Alliance Super Alliance (NASA) candidate, urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to be open to debating him on the issues affecting Kenyans in the present circumstances.

The debates slated for 10 and 24 July are aimed at helping voters make informed choices, promoting national cohesion and steering campaigns towards the quality of leadership.

Earlier, President Kenyatta snubbed the debates saying he was not consulted and only knew of the debates through advertisements in the local media.

Before the 2013 elections, the Presidential debates had two moderators and four panellists who engaged presidential aspirants in a question and answer session for 90 minutes.

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